Universal Finally Moves Forward on That Timecop Reboot


Jean-Claude Van Damme in Timecop (1994) Movie Image

Originally announced as a potential remake way back in 2007, with little progress until 2010, it’s since taken Universal three more years to finally move forward on that planned reboot the 1994 Jean-Claude Van Damme sci-fi actioner “Timecop”.

I wasn’t a big fan of this planned reboot 6 years ago, but I have to admit, I’m liking the idea more in 2013. It has been almost 20 years, after all, and I can see a better script and director (and more money) turning out a pretty good sci-fi actioner.

Timecop (1994) Movie PosterIt’s still early yet, with Universal looking for a writer to help them out. That probably means 2 or 3 more years of development for the reboot, so it’s still a mighty long ways off.

The original was directed by Peter Hyams, and starred JCVD as a futuristic cop who goes around locking up bad guys using time travel to go back in time and do, well, bad things. One of those bad guys is Ron Silver, a politician with ambitious plans. The film co-starred the oh-so-lovely Mia Sara as Van Damme’s squeeze, and yes, in case you were wondering, Van Damme did manage to throw in one of his patented splits. In a kitchen, no less.

The film spawned a short-lived TV series a few years after the movie, starring Ted King, and there was a pretty good direct-to-DVD sequel starring Jason Scott Lee (of “Dragon” fame) called “Timecop: The Berlin Decision” in 2003. It’s actually a pretty good film in its own right, even though it didn’t have nearly the budget of the 1994 original. You should check it out if you like time-travel stories.

Van Damme, by the way, is not expected to be involved with the reboot. Hey, the guy can’t be doing splits on kitchen counters anymore, ya know?

Via : Heat Vision

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  • http://twitter.com/Mike_Frenchy Frenchy

    They have to at least give him a small cool role, every remake has the original star in it… i’m not saying like TRON but something like Johnny Depp in 21 Jump Street

    hopefully its a little more, like JC is the boss of the Timecop Unit,…

    Or maybe he he turned bad after his wife has been killed again and now he is the villain, could be a good twist and we all know Van Damme would nail the role as a crazy over the top yet emotional (about his wife) villain…

    And Chris Hemsworth should be the main guy, plus he loves JC so he would “fight” with producers to give him a good role…


    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      I am all for this!! Hemsworth. Though with Total Recall there really wasn’t a need for Arnie in the remake, as it was vastly different and putting Arnie in would’ve just added to the haters that were crying cause it was different. Any remake in my opinion should do as much different from the original as possible without changing the overall story. I liked Total Recall BECAUSE it was different than the original. Carrie will probably be different in some major aspects, but we’ll get mostly that same story. Same with Oldboy. Didn’t hate CLash either (Script and pacing was definitely off, and they needed more of the Gods, but I still enjoy it at home).

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

        The problem with the Total Recall remake was that it was pointless. This one, though, could be improved upon. Vastly.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          I agree to a point. But that’s basically saying that if anyone wants to make an adaptation of a book or story that’s already been adpated then it’s pointless and that’s definitely not true. I personally felt that the remake of Total Recall was better written, but the original was more of a fun action flick. But definitely agree on vast improvements possible for Time Cop.